It was now time to leave to the train station and head back to Florence (me) and Bologne (Ruth). Cursing myself for being so stupid and staying in Venice for only a day, we returned to the Opera Hotel to pick our luggage and head to the vaporetto.
I still managed to stop by a shop selling homeware and got myself the cutest Bialetti one cup coffee maker that I did see in Florence but stupidly did not buy. On the way to the hotel we passed by several shops, one of them dedicated to the beautiful Venetian carnival masks, but sadly I could not buy one as my travelling bag was too small (next time Di next time, I said to myself).
As we still had some time before departure, we decided to take a walk in Cannaregio, the other side of the Santa Lucia station. Charming it was, with beautiful details.
We still had time to have a small lunch (very bad experience) at a restaurant close to the train station and then it was time to leave. With the promise to be back soon, we left the unforgettable Venice.
So, Ruth goes to Bologne to pick the plane back to Portugal, and I start my solo travelling in Italy, by going back to Florence.
Upon arriving in Florence, I headed to the hotel, left the luggage there, changed clothes, and as by now I was considering myself a professional walker, I decided I did not yet have walked enough for a day and headed back to the historical center. I had decided to book a tour to Sienna, San Gimignano with wine tasting, as I felt it was the best way to see a bit more of the lovely Toscana in a relaxed way, with a trained guide (that will be the next post).
Well, the so called professional walker was now feeling like an elephant stepped on her toes, and when looked at the step counter, I did walk 27 Km that day. Can you believe it? By now my average was 20km, which is really something I never though I would be able to do. Tired and hungry, back to the city center I went, to have dinner at a small trattoria close to the Piazza del Duomo.
Tired and as I needed to wake up really early, I headed back to the Hotel for a good and restful sleep.
Next post: my tour in Tuscany